Introduction to Online Therapy
In the ever-evolving landscape of health and wellness, an innovative approach has come into focus: online therapy. Also known as “teletherapy,” online therapy has opened up a unique avenue for those of us seeking support and guidance in a more accessible way, namely from the comfort of our own homes. As opposed to in-person counseling, teletherapy brings the therapist to us, making it the most convenient way to consistently care for our mental health.
So, what exactly is online therapy, and why is it gaining popularity?
In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of this new approach and discuss how online therapy is poised to revolutionize the way we prioritize our mental well-being.
1. Many insurance providers now cover it!
In the past, online therapy wasn’t widely reimbursed by insurance companies. But the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything! Mental health services followed suit as the world moved toward remote work and digital solutions. Nowadays, many insurance providers cover online sessions, psychiatric evaluations, and medication services. This means increased access and flexibility for those of us seeking support.
2. The range of issues it can address is mind-boggling
Just like traditional therapy, the virtual version can tackle a wide range of problems and conditions. Maybe you’re trying to work through one of the following:
- Marriage and Relationships
- Chronic Pain
- Eating Disorders
- Sleeping Problems
Whether you’re dealing with something listed above or something else unique to you, rest assured that you’re in good hands. At Start My Wellness, our online therapists, psychologists, and psychiatric medication specialists are experienced in addressing a variety of concerns.
3. Flexibility = Convenience
Are you living in a remote area with limited access to therapists? Does the idea of being vulnerable in a new environment make you nervous? Does every minute of your day already seem accounted for? Fret not! With online therapy, these barriers have become a thing of the past. At Start My Wellness, you can find therapists online, read reviews, and easily schedule appointments. No need to brave the traffic or stress about finding childcare – therapy is just a click away.
4. Non-verbal cues: skilled online therapists can bridge the gap
While virtual technology works wonders, some nuances can be lost in translation. Non-verbal cues, like body language and facial expressions, can be harder to interpret online. But don’t worry; our online therapists are skilled in understanding and supporting you through virtual sessions. On the other hand, there are certain things you can do more easily online than in-person. For example, you can share links, photos, and files online much more easily than trying to do so in person. This can be especially helpful for younger people living in the most visually and technologically stimulating time in history. Growing up in the age of the internet, Gen Z individuals sometimes feel more comfortable online anyway, which makes the idea of going to therapy a bit easier for today’s teens to accept.
5. The best of both worlds: the power of hybrid sessions
Imagine having the flexibility to meet your mental health provider both online and in person. A dream come true, right? Some patients opt for a few initial in-person appointments or periodic face-to-face sessions coupled with online meetings for convenience. This hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to establish a deeper connection while still enjoying the benefits of virtual care. It’s all about working with your therapist to establish the best schedule and routine for your life and needs.
In a world where mental health support is crucial, sometimes, any form of therapy is better than none at all. If you have the opportunity to work with a qualified therapist online, go for it! It’s a step in the right direction and can make a significant difference in your well-being. And you can always request occasional in-person sessions with your therapist if/when they’re available.
Thoughts from a therapist–
As a therapist, I can’t help but acknowledge the immense power online meetings hold. They offer unparalleled flexibility and convenience, allowing individuals to seek support without the constraints of time and place. I find that online sessions can be extremely useful and offer much greater freedom for the patient. But I also know that interacting with my patients in person is quite a different experience. Ultimately, it’s all about finding what works best for you and your journey toward healing.
Like any new field, the research on online therapy is still in its early stages. However, the good news is that online treatment closely mirrors in-person therapy and provides an avenue for working with skilled clinicians who might otherwise be difficult to access.
Ready to try online therapy?
Virtual therapy is here to stay, and it’s evolving with each passing day. With its expanding insurance coverage, convenience, and the power to connect you with exceptional professionals, the digital realm holds endless possibilities. So, if you’ve been hesitant to dip your toes into the pool of online therapy, consider taking that leap. Your mental well-being deserves the best, and online therapy might just be the game-changer you’ve been waiting for.
Start My Wellness is happy to offer both online and in-person appointments and to help connect you with a therapist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or psychologist who can see you in whatever way best suits you.
If you don’t know what is bothering you or how to start, we can help you obtain testing to get a better sense of what is troubling you and how to get help. Click here to set up an appointment with a therapist today.